What are some great ways to save money when planning a wedding?

by DIY wedding planner on October 21, 2013


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Our guest list is firm and I am more looking for ways to DIY than to cut things out totally.

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Blunt October 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

-DYI your flowers. Buy in bulk and arrange yourself.
-Print your own invitations with kits from Target, Walmart etc.
-Buy your cake at a supermarket. Yes! They offer wedding cakes at a fraction of the cost of a specialty bakery.
-Buy your dress off the rack or go to the $99 sale online at david’s bridal.com
-Say NO to a large entourage of BM, GM, Flower girls, ring bearers etc. etc. A large WP means more presents, more flowers to buy and more people to feed at the rehearsal dinner. Do without or have just a maid of honor and a best man. No one does flower girls/ring bearers these days anyway.
-Do not buy anything labeled “bridal” or “wedding”. You can buy the same stuff at craft supplies and office supplies for much less
-Do without wedding “stuff” that does not benefit anyone: NO disposable cameras at tables, NO matches at the tables, no plastic bells to ring, NO bubbles, birdseed or rice (venues no longer allow them anyway), NO puffy pillow, no guest book with feathery pen, No aisle runner, no pew bows, NO programs, no menu cards, no chair covers. No one will miss them, remember or care.
-Do not waste your money on personalized, etched, monogrammed anything.
-Do Edible favors. Everyone wants them, they are appreciated and they are affordable. No one wants plastic swans or plated mini platters; do not waste your money on useless trinkets that no one will take home.
-You can save money by offering a limited bar (1-2 hours only of beer and wine), or just offer a champagne toast or have a dry wedding and toast with sparkling cider.
-Off season weddings are cheaper. If your wedding is November-April you can save money on vendors and catering.
-Saturday weddings are the most expensive. Find deals on a Friday or Sunday wedding.
-If having a dinner time wedding, you will pay the price. Brunch or lunch receptions are more affordable. Appetizer only receptions are acceptable in and only IF the reception is held mid afternoon and it last no longer than 3 hours.

Note: Do not concentrate om decorations. No one will remember or care about them. People only remember food and entretainment at weddings, not color schemes at tables.

Good luck

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Pikachu October 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Get hitched in Vegas

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Fred F October 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Blunt covered a lot.

I can only add from experience= Plan for a 10 to 20 percent No Show.

There must be caterers on Answers–I always get at least one or two thumbs down with this answer.

But it is a fact of life.

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J October 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Blunt had a lot of good ones…I would add buying liquor in bulk from Costco or somewhere similar if you are serving liquor.

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Abusefree October 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Sales items; on flowers, decoration, clothing,

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cs October 21, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Blunt did give alot of good ideas but one very simple way to get that wedding paid for is to cut things outside the wedding that you can deal without for a month/two/year/etc.

For instance. We got rid of cable/wifi for a couple of months. You don’t realize how much money you spend on something that you really don’t need until you get rid of it. over the course of 5 months we saved over $500 between internet and cable. We started renting DVDs from the Library and other things. We cut date nights out and started doing date nights in.

Now if you are living with the bare minimums already you might not be able to cut anything (don’t go cold all winter or sit in the dark!). But an extra $500 over the course of a couple months might mean you can splurge on the wedding and then pick it up after its all said and done.

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Avis B October 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

No matter what your budget is, THE RECEPTION (venue, food, beverages, rentals, etc) is ALWAYS 50 percent of that budget) so that’s where you want to put your emphasis.

Get married in the morning, and follow that ceremony with a breakfast or brunch. What would you rather pay $19.95 per person or $79.95 per person for a three course dinner? Breakfast or brunch is the least expensive FULL MEAL you can serve your guests.

Get married after 7PM or sunset. What would you rather pay $12.95 per person or $79.95 per person for a three course dinner ? At that hour of the day, your guests have already eaten dinner so you can just serve ice cream, fresh fruit, wedding cake, and punch.

Answered by: A Certified wedding specialist / A Professional bridal consultant / A Wedding ceremony officiant

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